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@phattonez7 @DavePomerantz He has 13 errors in less than half a season. I don't think Dee's negative defensive value is 100% because the UZR hates him personally.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Dodgers Attempt to Distract From Slump By Reportedly Signing Cuban Yasiel Puig To Record Deal
@PhilFountain Hard to put much trust in Kasten's baseball acumen after the Ethier deal.
@DavePomerantz @Lobo You are looking at the wrong curve. I think you must be looking at the BB% curve, which peaks at around that time. Power peaks around 23-24 according to the article.
@DavePomerantz @Lobo Kemp would've hit 700 homeruns in 300 PAs if he played in the Cuban league.
Oh you got me. You are right, the papers never exaggerate prospects.
@Lobo @DavePomerantz No power develops early. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/hitters-age-like-wine-power-like-cheese/
@phattonez7 So instead of wasting money on Russian faith-healers, we are wasting money on "PR." Why not just hire a washed-up 80's band to play a charity concert at a fraction of the cost?
@DavePomerantz These articles never exaggerate? I remember Zach Lee was supposed to throw 98 MPH fastballs.
@Lobo @phattonez7 He might, but if his power is half of Cespedes now, he won't catch Cespedes unless he is an outlier. At 26, you are already on the decline phase of the power curve.
@EephusBlue @DavePomerantz @Justincredible14 Yeah I do, because that means you have a track record to go by when evaluating players.
@DavePomerantz @Justincredible14 I wouldn't be so upset at this if we had signed Soler or even Cespedes. But who is this guy?
@DavePomerantz @Justincredible14 Oh good. I guess he discovered the next James Loney or maybe the next Preston Mattingly.
@Cadtalfryn @EephusBlue That's true. It's like making the jump from A ball to MLB. That said, the jury's still out and it's too early to call Puig a 5 tool HOF-potential based on his being worse than Cespedes.
@DavePomerantz @Gilbert_Venge @Justincredible14 It also means that that guy's backside is better than 90% of MLB players and 99.999999999999999999999% of Cuban league players.
@DavePomerantz @Justincredible14 Or maybe he's a no tool FA with zero upside. Your guess is as good as mine. What we do know is Cespedes is not that good and he was hella better than this Puig at the same age.
@Gilbert_Venge @Justincredible14 Oh, I completely forgot about Logan White's famous Cuban scouting department, our major pipeline for MLB talent over the years.
@Gilbert_Venge @Justincredible14 Beltran is a borderline HoF, Gilbert.
@Mike Petriello @Justincredible14 So after next year sign another guy with our infinite money. You gamble on Cubans and long contracts because you think you will save money in the longrun, but hey, we don't need to! We can just sign Josh Hamilton to 8 years and if he sucks after 4 years, who cares, it's just money.
@Mike Petriello Age doesn't matter when Cespedes can play right away and is signed through his prime.
@Justincredible14 And of course, if we have infinite money as people believe, then there is even *LESS* of a reason to gamble on unknown Cuban FAs since we can just outbid everyone in the universe for the best FAs. The upcoming FA list may look underwhelming, but does anyone believe Puig will be better than Beltran next year?